Not only does he forgive, but He cleanses us and says, go on back out and keep serving as I've taught you. We don't have to talk about this again. Unless of course you just deal with the sin behavior and not the root issue, then you'll be back talking about the same old stuff.:) Yes, I've been there.Another challenge from John is short and simple, but hits home when he says,
"Whoever claims to live in Him, must walk as Jesus did." 1 John 2:6 (NIV)
Wait a minute. Walk as Jesus did? Stop and think of the implications of that for a minute. Jesus was despised and rejected. Humiliated and mocked. During His ministry on earth He often did not know where He would lay His head to rest and He served everyone, but especially loved to amaze the poor and sick. The people which most of us are comfortable to stay far away from. He spoke in particular to the "religious" people of the day and told them the truths about themselves. That they were whitewashed tombs... appearing clean on the outside, but inside their hearts, evil abounded.
Yea, let's get real cozy in that challenge for a minute. Walk as Jesus did.
Wait. It's not cozy at all is it? He was humble. I think there should be an entirely different word for what He was. The simple fact that He held the power in His mouth to speak a word and blow the world to smithereens and didn't do it when He was nailed to that cross is flat out miraculous. And He tells us in His word to walk as He did? Oh. snap. Those are some pretty grand implications. An impossible challenge.
Thank God it's not in our power to do, but resting in His power and abiding in Him, (John 15) we can walk as He did and we will bear much fruit. (Eph. 3:20) Many have and many do. He goes before us and lives inside of us as believers. His strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. (2 Cor. 12:9)
"But Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." Matthew 19:26
John beheld the power of His glory and knew all things were possible for those who believed. Even with all of this being possible, we still choose our own way. The fact of the matter is, we still choose sin. But, for the believer, there is hope. There is always forgiveness. It never runs out. There is always hope. It never dries up. There is always power. It is never exhausted. It's eternal... as is His great love for us. Let's let His awesome and impossible forgiveness, hope, power and love pour out through our lives today! Let's walk together as Jesus did.